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Question Wording, Change in Wording, and Rosa’s Law

Question wording affects answers.   The first sentence in the comment below (No. 85 Rosa’s Law and Surveys) is an acknowledgement of this fundamental flaw in survey research:  “Question wording plays a critical role in [affecting] how respondents . . … Continue reading

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Question Wording Makes Answers Unreliable

Question wording makes answers unreliable because words often have different meanings for questioners and answerers.  Moreover, in Maggie Nelson’s words, there’s “no cure” to this problem.  Here’s Nelson writing about sex/gender/transgender/gay/lesbian/straight matters and the meaning of pronouns: “When making your [Maggie’s lover] butch-buddy film, … Continue reading

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Question Wording Affects/Biases/Skews Answers

Question wording affects answers–and it must be kept in mind that it’s impossible to word questions so that questions do not affect/bias/skew answers.  For example, the Chicago Tribune (11/21/15, sec. 1, p. 3) reports that “the U.S. Census Bureau is considering … Continue reading

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Question Wording Skews Answers

Everyone knows that question wording skews answers.  Absolutely everyone!  Edward Snowden knows.  When discussing in Wired magazine (9/14, p. 9) whether or not public opinion has shifted in favor of curtailing mass surveillance, he says: `”It depends a lot on … Continue reading

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Counter Literature to Survey Research

The Counter Literature to Survey Research, which I’m developing in this post, is needed because survey researchers, as well as those who rely on and promote survey research–and that includes a lot of people!–are addicted to asking and answers  and, as we … Continue reading

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Question Wording and Stated Opinions

Jeffrey Toobin (The New Yorker, 8/5/13), in discussing “The fight for abortion rights”, says that “[w]hen it comes to public opinion about abortion, a great deal depends on how questions are asked”.  Toobin is right to point out that “how … Continue reading

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